Following on from my previous post, where I reported on a collaboration between NASA and Uber relating to taxis in the sky, it seems that how we move about may well be the next big change after smart phones, even if I'm still skeptical that we'll all shortly be flying around in VTOL taxis.  

The EPO have recently reported a study on "Patents and self-driving vehicles", which shows a significant increase in the number of patent applications at the EPO for autonomous driving related inventions (the figures are quite dramatic as shown in this article).  Of further interest is that half of the top 25 companies filing patent applications at the EPO in this field (including the top four) are not traditional automotive/transport companies, but are instead from the Information and Communications technology (ICT) sector. 

I wonder whether by the time my children learn to drive the roads will look very different to now?